The following is a list of some of the most common questions we receive:
pants such as loose jeans or “Yoga” style pants are recommended. We also
recommend you dress in layers as you can get quite warm while riding. BOOTS
You will need to wear some sort of a boot with a short heel
and a hard sole. Tennis shoes (sneakers) and any open toed shoes are NOT
allowed near the horses.
Helmets ARE REQUIRED! You may wear a bicycle, ski or
snowboard helmet. Gold Creek also has a number of riding helmets which are
available to borrow at no cost.
We have multiple instructors skilled in most disciplines.
For those interested in Dressage riding please book with Bryan or Robyn.
those interested in Western, please book lessons with Robyn or Christy.
those interested in Hunt Seat (English) at the beginner to intermediate levels,
please book with Bryan, Robyn, or Christy.
Finally, for those experienced
riders who have owned or leased a horse in the past who are interested in
advancing their skills and possibly showing, please book a lesson with Christy or Michelle.
We also offer occasional trail rides for one to two students
at a time. These available depending on weather conditions, safe trail horse
availability and instructor discretion as to the student’s skill level for
Each beginner class starts with basic horsemanship (handling
& working around horses). Your instructor will then teach you how to groom
(brush) and tack up (saddle & bridle) a horse. The riding portion of the
lesson consists of basic skills such as walking, stopping and turning the
horse. As riders progress they will learn to trot, post and eventually canter
their horses. As with learning any new hobby we all learn at a different pace
so we cannot give a time line as to when you will be reaching each of these
stages. Know that the more frequently and consistently you ride the better your
skills will be and the faster you will progress.
This is totally up to you as the client. Most students ride
once a week, while some who are more interested in showing and possibly owning
a horse will ride two or three times a week. Some younger students or adults will
only ride every other week due too financial or time constraints while some
people only sign up for the occasional lesson as a treat to themselves.
As with any activity, the more frequently you ride the
quicker you will progress.